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June 30, 2020 Visit California No Comments Email Email

This year marks the 150th anniversary of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. In partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, and the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco International Airport is proud to present an exhibition of historical photographs by photographer R.J. Waters (1856–1937) that date to the early days of Golden Gate Park.

Waters documented daily life in Golden Gate Park between the years 1896 and 1902, producing a small portfolio of silver gelatin prints that is now held in the collection of the San Francisco Public Library. These photographs, many of which are now over 120 years old, feature early scenes of many locations that remain recognizable to today’s visitors to the park – Stow Lake, the Polo Fields, the Japanese Tea Garden, and the Conservatory of Flowers, among others. Some of the images reveal the changes to the landscape and its surroundings over the years, while others attest to the timeless nature of the park’s winding paths and exquisite landscaping. Reflected in all of R.J. Waters’ carefully crafted photographs is an enduring sense of appreciation and gratitude for Golden Gate Park that has been felt by visitors throughout the years.

This exhibition is part of the citywide celebration of the 150th anniversary of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. For more information about the celebration and events occurring throughout this calendar year, please visit

R.J. Waters: Golden Gate Park is located near Gate F5 in Terminal 3, Boarding Area F from June 25, 2020 to November 19, 2020. The exhibition is located post-security and is only accessible to passengers ticketed for travel through Terminal 3 and International Boarding Area G via a post-security connector. There is no charge to view the exhibition.

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Golden Gate Park rose from the windswept dunes 150 years ago and its history has been fascinating ever since. It served as a refuge after the 1906 earthquake and ground zero during the Summer of Love. Golden Gate Park has never been as beautiful and beloved as it is today, and we are so excited to share our celebration with travelers through these incredible images.

—Phil Ginsburg, General Manager, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department

@SFOMuseum @SFParksAlliance @RecParkSF

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